Premise: In a Pokémon world that doesn't send 10-year-olds off to fend for themselves.

Pokémon Academy Life is a non-profit, fan-made visual novel that takes you into an alternate world that doesn't send 10-year-olds off to fend for themselves. Here, characters from the core series games are put together in a more realistic high school setting. For those who aren't familiar with the visual novel concept, it is basically a form of storytelling that is usually more engaging than reading a standard novel. Some call it interactive fiction, some call it "choose your own adventure."

Rather than the player character leave on a solo journey at a young age, he (in this case based on Red from Pokémon Red/Blue/Green/Yellow) attends school like any one of us and learn about the Pokémon world from there.

Characters in Pokémon Academy Life are mostly based on their in-game counterparts and will be older (15-18 in the beginning). Not all character ages are based on their canon counterparts.

The majority of your time will be spent in the Kobukan (koh-BU-kahn) region—name taken from Japanese kanji, elements of 'inspiration' and 'feeling'—located fairly equidistant from the six regions. As Red (or custom player name), you are the dynamic protagonist who will interact with a plethora of characters. The story will progress in different branches depending on who you choose to talk to, who you try to befriend, pursue as a romantic interest, who you choose to help, and much more.

At the core, the game is a social simulator/dating simulator. Its content will mainly be slice of life and school life. However, as the protagonist you have your share of opportunities to participate in all sorts of different story arcs with the characters you interact with. I'm going to mainly focus on male characters that the protagonist will be close with and the female character(s) that the protagonist decides to pursue.

Because this takes place in an academy, you will take on the role of a student. This includes socializing with your classmates, studying and taking exams, participating in extracurricular activities and other school-related events. Outside of school, many random and scripted events can occur depending on the characters you choose to engage throughout the story.

The protagonist will also be able to influence how relationships develop between other characters. For example, you can invite multiple characters to tag along with you and have them build chemistry with each other.



Storyboard and development

Lead writer & character designer

Additional writing by

Background artist

Additional art by
Gato Hayakawa

Calendar system template by Zetsubou
Programmed with Ren'Py
Music by Braxton Burks (Pokémon Reorchestrated)
Original music composed by Junichi Masuda & Go Ichinose

This project will be under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 U.S. license.
All other content is intellectual property of its respective owners and included under fair use for entertainment purposes only. It is not for sale nor meant for any profit.